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The Fiscal Times: Rural 'Critical Access' Hospitals on the Cut List

Author: Jenny Gold
December 9, 2011


Critical access hospitals have been targeted for budgets cuts, but some people worry about destabilization of health care, explains Jenny Gold.

Hood Memorial Hospital is just the kind of health care facility where the federal government hopes to save money. The two-story brick hospital, about an hour north of New Orleans, hasn't been full in at least two decades, and the yellowing hallways are lined with empty rooms.

CEO Hoppie Jones says that on an average day, fewer than four of the hospital's 25 beds are occupied. Jones is a slight man in his 60s, and his face is creased with the stresses of his monumental task: keeping the doors of the hospital open despite losing money 11 out of the past 12 years.

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